Sergeant Mike Rowe, U.S. Army, was killed in action while deployed to Iraq in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He left behind his wife, Rebecca, who was six months pregnant with their child, Nevaeh. A few weeks after Mike passed away, his wife found a poem he had written on his computer just three days before deploying. The poem was essentially a goodbye to his family. Even then he had a sense that his mission was dangerous and he might not return.
“So it has finally come, words that shant be spoken,
My life must be done, hearts must be broken.
Fear not my dearest family, for I am not alone,
I rest with many loved ones, in my eternal home.
Saddened as you must feel, I hope you do not dwell,
For the life that I lived. I lived it so well.”
Excerpt from untitled poem written by Sergeant Mike Rowe
In November 2009, Rob James, singer from the band 2′s Company, saw the poem. He was inspired and within three days he wrote “He Knew” in tribute to Sergeant Rowe.
At Operation Hug-A-Hero®’s April 11th Benefit Ride, 2′s Company will be part of the musical entertainment along with WQYK radio station.
“It is important to us to remind the community that these survivors are here, amongst them, particularly during April, the Month of the Military Child.” says Lisa Berg, Executive Director of Operation Hug-a-Hero®. “Military children are our country’s littlest heroes and they deserve all the support we can give them.”
Nevaeh Rowe, now 3 years old, recently received her Hug-A-Hero® doll courtesy of Operation Hug-A-Hero®, a 501(c)3 organization which provides durable, washable, high quality dolls with a full-length photograph of a parent to military children dealing with deployments or whose parent has paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Below are a few photos that Mike’s wife graciously shared with us.
For more information about Operation Hug-A-Hero®, or for interview requests please contact Lisa Berg for more information, or to get involved in the April 11th Benefit Ride, please checkout our article – Wanted Sponsors & Participants for Harley Ride.